At the head of the Giant's Staircase, where Marino Faliero
was beheaded, and where the Doges were crowned in ancient times, two small slits in the stone wall were pointed out--two harmless, insignificant orifices that would never attract a stranger's attention--yet these were the terrible Lions' Mouths
Marino Faliero was Donizetti's fiftieth opera, commissioned by Rossini for Paris but somewhat overshadowed by Rossini's other commission that season--Bellini's I Puritani.
If this were the only production of Marino Faliero available on DVD any concerns would be moot.
BYRON'S VENETIAN TRAGEDIES, MARINO FALIERO
AND THE TWO FOSCARI with their almost obsessive adherence to the neo-classical unities and their minute attention to historical detail, seem to be his least adventurous dramatic projects and have thus been taken as evidence that, despite his protestations to the contrary, Byron was indeed interested in writing plays that would be amenable to the contemporary theater.
In the review of Opera Orchestra of New York's production of Marino Faliero
in the Fall issue, we mistakenly referred to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
He followed her to Ravenna, where he wrote The Prophecy of Dante; cantos III, IV, and V of Don Juan; and the poetic dramas Marino Faliero
, Sardanapalus, The Two Foscari, and Cain (all published in 1821).
Lansdown's study of Byron's three historical dramas, Marino Faliero
, Sardanapalus, and The Two Foscari, is more notable for its local knowledge than for the insights it brings to Byron's place in the development of historical thought or to these plays' relation to other historical dramas.
He decides that they were all |overdrawn' or wrong in one way or another confirming Byron that he would never write for the stage, and when in 1821 Drury lane suggested performing Marino Faliero
permission was refused.
In Marino Faliero
(1885) Swinburne reworks a theme previously treated by Byron.
Eve Queler assembled a distinctive cast for Marino Faliero
, able to cope with its extreme vocal demands, which are probably one reason for its relative obscurity.
Part 2 of Closet Performances argues that Manfred, Sardanapalus, Prometheus Unbound, Marino Faliero
, and Hellas represent an "almost desperate effort made by a later polite radicalism to co-opt and dominate its more successful plebeian equivalent" and, even more largely, that "radical writing was quickly re-invented, in the face of its continued political repression, once the wartime patriotism creating its cultural suppression had expired" (112).
He published 23 volumes of poetry, prose, and drama during these years, but apart from the long poem Tristram of Lyonesse (1882) and the verse tragedy Marino Faliero
(1885), his most important poetry belongs to the first half of his life.